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Three longtime Cape May businesses close shop

Like any city, Cape May has its fixtures. And one of them, Cheeks, which stood at 101 Ocean Street across from the Queen Victoria, has closed its doors after 35 years. The clothing store first opened shop in 1983 and evolved into a source for flax clothing. 

“It has been our greatest joy to serve each and every one of you,” reads the message on their website.

The inside is undergoing renovations and will become an expanded dining area for another Cape May icon, the Queen Victoria B&B, which owns the building. Says owner Doug McMain, “Once complete, hopefully early this Spring, we’ll be converting the space we currently use for dining in that building to a new guest room. Both revitalized rooms will be stunning and beautiful.”

In Washington Commons, Celebrate Cape May – a gift and souvenir shop – has closed after 19 years. They announced the closing on Facebook in late December. As of right now, we do not know what’s going into the space.

Finally, Pearls Boutique at 518 Washington Street, is being replaced by Streets of Cape May, an art store that will open in the spring. We couldn’t find an incorporation date for Pearls, but they were a part of the Washington Street Mall for many years.

1/16/18 at 3:51pm – The original version of this post stated that we did not have information about what would go into Cheeks location. That has been updated.